PROUD Giants caretaker coach Paul Anderson believes his players should be given time to savour their thrilling 25-24 Super League triumph over Bradford Bulls.
Huddersfield made it three home wins out of three against their West Yorkshire rivals with yesterday’s stunning success.
Anderson’s men were forced to come back from 22-12 behind with just 17 minutes remaining to secure a sixth victory of the season.
It was the perfect preparation for Friday night’s visit to Leeds Rhinos.
But while Anderson knows how important it will be for the Giants to be fully focused ahead of the tough trip to Headingley, the former Great Britain prop feels his players should enjoy this weekend’s experience.
“It took a very special effort to get this victory and I want the players to enjoy it,” said Anderson.
“The boys deserve a massive pat on the back for what was another great effort.
“Victories like this should be savoured, and that’s what I hope everyone will do before we start to look forward to playing at Leeds on Friday night.
“What both myself and (fellow caretaker coach) Keiron (Purtill) have been working on is creating a team that never gives in. We want to see a Giants team that plays for the full 80 minutes and gets their reward at the end.
“That’s exactly what we saw against Bradford yesterday.
“In the first half, we had two players sent to the sin-bin and for a time we were down to 11 men.
“But during that time everyone really dug deep and we conceded just one try when we were light on players.
“That takes a pretty special effort against a team like Bradford, and I was very proud of that.
“On top of that, we also had a few senior players missing, and that included David Hodgson, who picked up a chest injury in training, which forced a late change.
“All in all, it was a fantastic effort.”